The American Stroke Association recently awarded Memorial Hospital its Get With The Guidelines–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement Award at the association’s International Stroke Conference 2009.  The award recognizes Memorial’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to evidence-based guidelines.


Through GWTG-Stroke, Memorial Hospital is tracking comprehensive efforts to rapidly diagnose and treat of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.  This includes being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.


To receive the GWTG-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award, Memorial consistently complied for at least one year with the requirements in the GWTG–Stroke program.  These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.  This twelve-month evaluation period reflects an ongoing effort of the hospital to continually maintain 85 percent compliance required for an award.


“The American Stroke Association recognizes Memorial Hospital for successfully implementing proven standards of care for stroke treatment,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., vice chair of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and vice chairman of the Neurology department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  “By meeting Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award criteria, Memorial demonstrates its active effort to improve the outcomes of the stroke patients it serves and save more lives.”


The GWTG Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.  GWTG-Stroke is a comprehensive program that provides an online interactive assessment and report tool, resources, quarterly workshops, training and feedback to staff at participating hospitals.  The goal is to improve implementation of evidence-based interventions that are proven to reduce complications after stroke and the chances of a subsequent stroke or heart attack. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people eachyear experience a new or recurrent stroke.

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